True Blue Golf Club is one of the best Myrtle Beach and America has to offer. The Mike Strantz course is ranked 77th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, and Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella recently ranked it as America’s 42nd best public course.
What makes True Blue special is a design that’s visually stunning and relentlessly creative, no matter a golfer’s skill level.
True Blue’s fairways are upwards of 100 yards wide in spots, giving players the ability to bomb away off the tee, but the sprawling waste bunkers must be avoided. Given the strength of the course, identifying a signature hole is nearly impossible as it’s strong throughout.
The par 3 6th, which can vary in length by up to three clubs based on pin location, and the short par 4 8th stand out on the front nine. The back nine is outstanding, culminating with a tremendous three-hole finish that provides a test of skill and nerve as water comes into play on all three holes.
If you are a serious Myrtle Beach golfer, True Blue has to be on your bucket list. The course is as fun to play as it is memorable, which is saying a lot.
10 by Timothy - 01/08/2016
After all the rains, cart path only which makes for a long day, but still a great course with beautiful holes. It played extremely long because of the wet conditions but I would return in a heartbeat. We got a deal and paid just $59 a person which was good. I wouldn't pay some of the standard fees for this course but it was worth the money. The girl at the bag drop was very friendly and helpful advising us of some of the other area courses to play. Pace was great because of the 10 minute tee times, not 8. Wide open fairways but LOTS of sand and water as well. A great day.
9 by TC - 07/27/2015
What a beautiful course. Unfortunately we played the day after it had 3" of rain. Cart path only, and the starter told us to try and keep our round at 4.5 hrs. The bigger joke was that they came around timing us to ensure that we were compliant. I would to play the course under dryer conditions. The greens were great the fairways manicured nicely, but the course was just too wet to really enjoy it to its fullest. The waste areas are a visual distraction off the tee for sure, but if you missed the fairway and landed in one, they were so firm there was no problem hitting out. The greenside bunkers I'd say was the only drawback that I noticed. There was very little sand at best. More of a dirt consistency which in term became mud after the rain. If you have a chance to play this course, its a good one to put on the list.
10 by Markus - 06/11/2015
Wow - you should go there and play it! It is a tough, demanding but wonderful golf course. That's a course which could have been designed by mother nature. A lot of sand, quite some water, wonderful bunkers along the water, fantastic and stunning layout. It is just a great course which can not be compared with it's sister course Caledonia (see my other review), which also is fantastic but in a very different way.
You either need to have long hits/drives to make a good score or you play very tactically. It's anyway a fair course since the fairways are broad and huge. The quality of the course was awesome, just one green showed spots which they try to regrass. Everything else was just cool. Staff was great, clubhouse as well, there's nothing which would prevent me to play it again.
8 by Guy (Mississauga, ON) - 06/07/2015
Greens were not as good as previous years.
9 by Tim (Chandler, AZ) - 05/29/2015
Good course with a lot of interesting holes but the greens were slow.
8 by Jase - 05/18/2015
When I organised our 2 week trip for 16 golfers we had a free day on the 1st Saturday so I booked True Blue for 6 of us as I had heard great things and chose it over the other premium courses (Caledonia/Dunes Club). What a disappointment to find the greens were terrible. How courses can charge full price when greens are so bad is beyond me and shows complete disdain for the paying customer. The course itself was a great layout but the $149 cost with terrible greens spoiled the day.
10 by Darren - 05/06/2015
We've wanted to play this course for a few trips now. We loved the layout, but the greens really struggle thru this winter apparently. Still we could appreciated what the course potential is, but the greens were disappointing. Mother Nature beat her this winter apparently. Rest of the course was very good though, & we will play it again. After playing here we did a rebook, thru them, at Caledonia for the same day & that course was in amazing condition (I was told they have different grass on their greens which made a HUGE difference). True Blue has a practice area which was nice. Well stocked pro shop for shirts etc. Staff was very good.
9 by Tom (Kannapolis, NC) - 05/06/2015
We were concerned, it's known as a great layout and highly regarded by all the publications, but had heard the conditioning was off earlier this Spring, overall we thought the course was really good. Manicured bunkers, fairways mowed tight,the greens had some thin spots but rolled well overall. Real gem of a layout with friendly staff.
8 by Ed - 04/26/2015
My wife and I visit MB every Spring and Fall. We heard the winter was rough here. The course is usually in excellent condition, overall it was good, not great this trip. Have played it at least a dozen times and it is one of our favorites.
6 by Tony (Fairfax, VA) - 04/21/2015
Interesting layout but very disappointed with course conditions, especially the conditions of the greens. Fuzzy, uncut, patchy, bare spots, and inconsistent. Green-side bunkers treated as waste bunkers and unkempt is a joke. Fairways patchy in places. Far over-priced for the condition. There are $35 munis in MB that are in better condition.
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